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Dog Shoes Protect Paws – For Dogs Of All Sizes

dog shoes that protact paws,

So you are looking for dogs shoes well there are all kinds, Designer patterns, laces or no laces, sandals or high tops, canvas, rubber, or Kevlar.  What are you shopping for?  Shoes For Dogs, of course! Like humans’ shoes, paw wear (fashion shoes, boots, sandals, and dog shoes that protect paws) serve many purposes.

They can be stylish accessories or to protect your dog against foot injuries.  Let’s take a look at canine paw wear.

The paw wear fashionista in your dog –

Dogs shoes that protect paws, socks, and boots aren’t just for the stylish canine on the haute couture runways of Portland or Paris.  If you are buying paw wear for fashion purposes, you can choose among quite a number of styles and materials.

There are dogs shoes for all occasions.  Materials can be fabric, knits, leather, rubber, and reflective.  There are boots with anti-odor properties so your dog doesn’t develop stinky paws.  Colors and detailing choices seem nearly limitless.  Just visit your local canine fashion boutique or browse through the many web sites that offer stylish wear for dogs.

Paw wear easy on / easy off–

Paw wear is generally designed to be easy to slip on and off and most have a simple closure system to secure the shoes to the paws.  Hook-and-loop closures, self-tightening straps, and plastic side release buckles are the most common ways of securing paw wear to your dog’s paws.  You can even buy high top sneakers with old-fashioned shoelaces, dog shoe-sized, of course.  (Keep in mind that tying shoe laces on four small sneakers might be challenging when compared with a quick release buckle or hook-and-loop.)

Paw wear cost –

Pricing ranges from modest to costly ($6.00 to over $30.00 in the United States).  Design and function determine some of the pricing, but so do detailing and designer labeling.

Dogs shoes that protect its paws –

Although canine foot wear may seem frivolous, it can serve very important purposes in protecting your treasured companion.  Weather conditions and activity are the biggest factors in selecting dog shoes that protect its paws.

Climate –

Depending on climate conditions where you and your dog live, dog shoes can protect your dog’s paws against:

  • Injury from winter ice and frozen snow that can cut the skin on the pads of dogs’ toes.
  • Buildup of snow and ice between the toes.
  • Exposure to road and surface de-icing products.
  • Hot concrete, tar, or asphalt surfaces that can burn a dog’s pads (or your bare feet).

Road conditions –

  • Roads, sidewalks, hiking trails, snow- or ice-covered surfaces all pose potential safety hazards (glass or other dangerous debris, abrasive surfaces, thorns, etc.).

Working conditions –

  • Service dogs are often exposed to potentially dangerous terrain conditions.  Dogs’ paws are very vulnerable to injury as they scramble over the rubble and debris of a catastrophe site whether it is a fallen structure or a flooded area.  It is estimated that as much as 70% of injuries to the search and rescue dogs deployed at the 911 site in New York were on their foot pads.

Physical activity–

  • Dogs that participate in mushing, skijoring, or other vigorous running activities may need to wear protective foot gear designed for those sports.  In some competitions, the rules require the human team member to provide boots for each dog at all times.
  • Swimming booties? Yes.  Some dogs love swimming in the family pool but may develop abrasions on their pads from rubbing against the pool’s rough siding.

Health conditions –

  • Smooth floor surfaces such as tile, vinyl, or wood, pose skidding risks for older dogs whose tactile senses may have diminished with time (and some illnesses).  Your dog may not feel and grip the surface of smooth flooring as it did when young. Although it may look comical to see a dog skid across the floor, it is cruel to needlessly put a treasured companion at risk of injury from twisting or falling.
  • A dog may need an orthopedic boot or non-skid socks to help during a healing process or to compensate for reduced traction.

My dog HATES wearing boots –

Did you expect your dog to instantly love wearing its new glam footwear?  For most dogs, anything that encompasses their paws will feel strange and uncomfortable at first.  But it doesn’t always have to be that way.  A slow and gentle approach and lots of positive reinforcement will help you successfully introduce paw wear to your dog.  The internet has excellent web sites of information that address this process in detailed steps.

 

dog shoes that protect paws,Where fashion and safety meet –

The fashion side of paw wear is fairly basic:  choose what suits the occasion.  The working side of protective paw wear depends on the activity.  A reputable vendor may be your best guide when selecting dog shoes that protect its paws.

The most important thing is your dog’s safety.  Fashion and protection are meaningless if the paw wear is poorly designed or made, or doesn’t fit properly.  Your canine companion depends on you to choose wisely and to frequently check its paws to ensure that the paw wear is not actually causing injury.

Your dog can strut with style, race across a finish line, or work a rescue mission.  There is stylish and protective paw wear to meet its needs.

Would like to hear your thoughts on “Dog Shoes Protect Paws” and if it helped you, any questions? Please leave comment below Thanks.

Wayne

4 thoughts on “Dog Shoes Protect Paws – For Dogs Of All Sizes
  1. My pets really love shoes. They add beauty to the paws as well as protect them from injuries. Really informative article about dog shoes. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Wayne says:

      Your welcome, I’m happy that you found this interesting and informative as this is what this site is meant to be.

  2. Niel says:

    This is amazing. Dog shoes add beauty and provide safety to those tiny little paws.

    1. Wayne says:

      Hi Niel
      Yes they are protection for their feet when walking in the winter on the cold pavement and frozen ground also, glad you enjoyed the article.
      Wayne

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